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Playoff bracket set: boys soccer ranked 2nd

Aleena Brown
(From Left) Benjaman Watts, Gino Tripoli, and Domenic Paone point at the camera after a Tripoli goal.

The results are in: GHS boys soccer is ranked 2nd in Division 3. The team continues to show Gloucester High School’s dominance in the sport of soccer in the NEC and their division. As they await their opponent for the round of 32, let’s take a look at the team who looks to dominate the division and leave a deep legacy at Gloucester.

Both the offense and the defense contribute to every win from the boys. The team is like a well working machine; Both parts need to be spectacular to work for a win. The team has done just that; Their record is 14-3-1. 

A top player for the Fishermen that have led them to this feat is senior captain Gino Tripoli. Tripoli currently leads the NEC in goals, scoring 31 in total. He has a lead of 10 against Lucas Bereaud of Swampscott, who had 21 goals. Tripoli currently holds the record of most goals in a season at Gloucester. The senior captain is tied for 7th with 7 assists. Tripoli is considered a hard worker by his teammates. Tripoli is considering traveling to Italy to pursue his professional soccer dream.

A few places behind Tripoli in goals is senior captain Domenic Paone. In sixth place with a total of 17 goals, Paone is a fiery force for the Fisherman who clearly shows his passion for the game. He leads the NEC with a total of 19 assists. Paone is aggressive in his scoring attempts and pushes himself to be the best he can be. 

Senior captain Brendan Anderton ended the season with 5 assists, tied with six other players in the conference. Anderton is a strong midfielder for the Fishermen, who can be successful on both offense and defense. His kicks are strong and he plays with everything in him. He resembles the perfect image of a captain; he shows up for his teammates in both the good moments and the bad. 

Senior captains Benjamin Watts, Cole Ciolino, and Leo Vitale are all top playmakers for the Fishermen too. Watts is strong in the backfield and supports his teammates often. His passes are strong and his good relationship with goalie Stefano Numerosi creates a trust on defense. Vitale is strong in the backfield as well. He has a talent of aggressiveness in his position, always looking to steal the ball from the opposing forwards. Ciolino is a midfielder with a strong advantage on defense. He is strong with one-on-one battles for the ball. Andrw Fahim is also a strong player for the Fishermen when needed. 

Goalie Numerosi is tied for tenth place with a total of three shutouts. Despite the low-ranking, the Fishermen can count on Numerosi to be aggressive in the net. He is not scared to dive out for the ball or get dirty with opponents. His best skill is blocking high shots, which he always manages to get a hand on. 

The seniors aren’t the only stars in the program. Dylan Smith is a strong midfielder for the team and is strong with his fights for the ball. He has a strong passing game to the forward line and is strong on corner kicks. Marcio DePaula is strong in the backfield. Wesdra Silva, Kellen Moran, and Matheus DeFreitas are also good in their respective positions.

The freshmen also have some talent to show off. Seamus Lineham is a strong defender for the Fishermen, along with Marsinlou Tanious making some plays. 

The team should not be underestimated. In their senior night game, they scored a total of 8 goals (4 Tripoli, 4 Paone). They can put up high scores and strike when teams least expect it. They were also undefeated for the first half of their season. 

The boys show their love for the team and the sport in every game they play.  The Fishermen focus on themselves and how they can improve over worrying about other teams.

The team now awaits their opponent for the MIAA state tournament. They finished right behind #1 Oakmont Regional, whose record is 16-2. If both Oakmont and Gloucester win every postseason game from the round of 32 to semi-finals, they would face off in the state finals. Winning a state championship is Gloucester’s main goal.

Once the winner of the East Bridgewater and Martha’s Vineyard game comes out, the Fishermen will know their opponent for the round of 32. The game is set for Sunday at 1pm at Newell Stadium. Come support the team in their playoff run. Students pay $5 and adults pay $7 for entry. 

Check these links for current bracket and ranking information.



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Aleena Brown
Aleena Brown, Sports Writer
Aleena Brown is a freshman at GHS and a first-year sports writer for the Gillnetter. She is the starting JV goalie for GHS Field Hockey, along with the catcher and 3rd baseman for the Gloucester High School softball team. She enjoys drawing, writing, reading, video editing, and photography. When she’s not explaining another hockey romance book no one cares about, she spends her time photographic sporting events.  You can contact her with story ideas at  [email protected]  

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